What would your 3 words be?
Friday, May 29, 2009
What would your 3 words be?
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
(For those of you that don't know what "moretic" means, click the link above)
She came home quite upset today about an afternoon blood sugar of 418. She couldn't understand why she was so high and we thought it was the new site we put in this morning. It wasn't a perfect site and burned for a bit and she said it "tingled" when she bent certain ways. I tried to convince her to let me change it but her dinner blood sugars were back down so I figured it wasn't the site that caused it. I took her pump to download the history so I could send it to her CDE since I didn't do that on Sunday because of my own issues. As I looked over today's history, I found out exactly WHY she was a 418. There was NO bolus for lunch!!! I went storming into her room and asked her what in the world happened? She said she didn't know? Then she began to cry uncontrollably and she told me that she was being rushed to lunch and she was writing down her blood sugar, which was a 174 and then someone was talking to her and she couldn't remember if she dosed or not? She thought she did and she went on to lunch....2 hours later....yep theres the 418! Crap! So I sat and showed her how to view the history in case that happens again and she will be able to see if she dosed herself. Ahhhh...I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later! I'm glad she only peaked at a 418 because by 4:30pm she was down to a 255. Thank goodness for basals! Poor kid! I think she was scared because she knows she has to take her insulin. She was down to a 190 for bed so we'll chalk this up to "lesson learned"!
News on me....I got a call from my PCP's office yesterday and they asked me to come in this morning to have some blood work done. HUH?!? They sent my strep culture off and got the results back. Positive for strep...duh! I told the nurse that my tonsils were still swollen and I still had some white spots. She said well thats why I'm calling...we think you may have Mono after all because it wasn't strep A! HOLY CRAP!! Mmmk, so this means I've exposed my diabetic child to Mono. Uhhh scary! Thankfully I've been very cautious about washing my hands and I've drank out of the same cup and eaten off paper plates because I knew she could get strep if I wasn't careful. So I went in this morning and they will have the results back tomorrow or Friday. Theres not really much I can do, other than what I've already been doing. As for my foot....it's fractured! I'm in a walking boot to my knee and still in pain. The doc was originally going to put me in an air cast but since I'm on my feet a lot, he decided to go with the walking boot instead. The only bad thing...it's my driving foot! So if I want to drive then I have to remove the boot. Thankfully, since it's been 12 days already, it's starting to heal on it's own. He said he'd like me in the boot for 6wks but if it starts to feel better before then, which he thinks it will, then I can take it off in 4wks. I have to have it re-xrayed in 6wks if it's not feeling better.
Monday, May 25, 2009
So for today, and every other day, I say...THANK YOU Bro for putting your life on the line for our freedom and for making us proud. I LOVE YOU!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Blood licker....disgusting or a diabetic habit? How many of you out there lick your finger after a finger stick? Kacey's gotten into this horrible habit of testing really quick and just licking her finger and going on about her business. It didn't bother me at first but now it does. Germs...thats the first thing that comes to mind. With the spread of the flu and other nasty viruses, it makes me paranoid now. When she was first diagnosed, we made the effort to wipe her finger with alcohol and then we were told that it would dry her fingers out so we just started pushing the "wash your hands" issue. Then she would wipe her finger on a cotton pad and just keep it in her case. Now...washing her hands... Sometimes she does, sometimes she doesnt. So how do we get her to break this habit?
Still hobbling around in pain here. Called a connection of mine that works for the doctor that they referred me to and I have to call the office on Tues since Mon is a holiday and I'm going to get an appt MUCH sooner (Tues/Wed) to have it checked. I'm just tired of being in pain :( so hopefully the xrays will pick up whats going on!
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Friday, May 22, 2009
My throat isn't swollen anymore and the antibiotics have kicked in and they are doing their job. As for my foot, well thats another story! I called the doctor's office at 9am for my results on my xrays yesterday. The results revealed no fracture in the area he thought there was one. Mmmkay? So how about anywhere else? Well we don't know because the xrays were only of the area he thought there was a break! GOOD GRIEF! So I asked the nurse what I was sopposed to do and she said the doctor just said it should get better with time and take Motrin for pain. Ok...so this is a problem! Get better with time? At this point, I was in so much pain. You know the pain that makes you sick at your stomach and you feel like you could throw up? Yeah thats the pain! I kept my foot up and the pain had gotten so bad that I ended up taking a percoset that I had from a female surgery last year. I can normally tolerate pain...had a baby with no pain meds...knee surgery and female surgery and was off the pain pills in 2-3 days but THIS is a pain that really makes me think something else is wrong. By 1pm yesterday, I was in tears because I could barely walk and when I did the pains shot across my foot. So I called the doctor back and I'm crying on the phone with the nurse trying to tell her what's going on. So she tells me she will have the doctor call me back. By 4pm, I'm at the point of throwing up again from the pain and I call the doctor back. The nurse explains she can call in Motrin 800mg. Ummm....I've been taking FOUR 250mg Motrin at one time and it's not touching the pain! So they call me in something stronger and I'm now being referred to an orthopedic doctor. Thank goodness! She calls me back with a date....JUNE 4th. Huh?!?!?! I can't be seen til June 4th?!?! Thats insane! So for now I have to take the pain meds and try and stay off of it as much as possible (yeah right!) I called the ortho doctor's office today and asked them if they had a cancellation list? Nope! So she told me I could call each day and see if they had anyone cancel but normally they are booked. Great! Ugh! I picked up my pain meds today and they seem to take the edge off the pain and they aren't making me feel so loopy like that percoset did. This just sucks!
Happy to report Kacey's numbers are staying in range and she's feeling wonderful :) She took her Math SOL yesterday and she said she thinks she did good and I'm so pleased with how well testing is going for her. They have 2 more SOLs next week and then they are done! Kayleigh finished her last SOL yesterday and she didn't have to go to school today so she hung out with me all day.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I ended up at the doctor yesterday!
I woke up with a minor sore throat, nothing to really get bent out of shape over. I had body aches the day before so I figured I was coming down with another sinus cold. I took Kacey to school and I was scheduled to help with 1st grade testing and I really started to feel crappy. I made myself an appointment at 1:45pm. By 12pm, I was feeling feverish and my throat was worse. I had a chance to take a look at my throat again....WHAT?!?! I now had white sores! Oh God, please don't let it be! So I go to the doc, they do a rapid strep test, the doc comes in and takes one look at my throat and says "Wow...if you were 10 years younger I'd swear this was mono with these symptoms." MONO?!?! So they've sent my culture away to check it but I've got my antibiotic for....strep throat!
Soooo....now I have to back up a bit. Last Friday was my anniversary and when we were walking to the car to take the girls to my Moms, I slipped in the driveway. Those damn rocks and crocs don't mix! I rolled my foot, not my ankle. It immediately started to swell and it was a few hours before I could ice it because we went on to dinner. I just figured I'd twisted it. By the next morning (Scrapbook day), it was really swollen and I sat with my foot propped while I was scrapbooking and kept an ice pack on it most of the day. The swelling went down most of the way but the pain never went away. For the last 5 days, I've hobbled around hoping it would get better and it hasn't. So while I was at the doctor, I told him about it and he took one look at my foot and ordered immediate xrays. Why?!? He did some pressing in different spots and he's almost certain I have either an avulsion fracture or jones fracture of my 5th metatarsal. HOLY CRAP!! So I had the xrays done and I'm waiting for the call today to tell me what they said. I'm hoping and praying I've only messed up the tendons or ligaments down there and it's nothing worse. The pain shoots across the top of my foot and is keeping me awake at night. Last night, between the pain in my throat and the pain in my foot, I was a mess!
Thankfully diabetes isn't rearing it's ugly face and Kacey's numbers aren't too bad. She has another SOL test today so I'm hoping she does just as well on this one as she did on Tuesday.
I'll update as soon as I know something :)
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Today was Kacey's first day of SOL testing. We were worried she'd be too high to test because of the natural excitement going into the test. Instead of using a number to figure out if Kacey was capable of testing, they asked her if she felt ok? The reason for this is.... she can be a 200 and feel crappy and if we have no testing over 250 then she would still have to test. Then there are other days when shes a 300 and feels just fine. Thats exactly what happened today! She went into the test at a 315 but she felt fine. So I'm guessing the raise in her blood sugar was from being anxious and not from a true high. She came out of testing with a smile and she stayed at school the whole day :) She tests again on Thursday and I hope it goes as smooth as it did today!
Kayleigh took one of her SOLs today and she was able to leave school at 9:40am. I picked her up and took her back to school with me and she helped pack boxes for shifting classrooms. She's still counting the days til she leaves for Hawaii. She's down to a month!! *cry* As much as I want her to go, I won't let her see how sad I am. I'm really gonna miss having her around here for 2 months.
Off to watch American Idol....who will win? Adam or Kris?
Sunday, May 17, 2009
When we took the sensor out, this is what we found....
Yes...thats a crimp in the wire. Is it normal for the Dex sensor needle to bend like that?
I'm assuming that maybe that was why it wasn't more accurate than it was?
The last 6 days with it have been interesting. I'm excited to see what the results reveal. By the looks of her blood sugars on her chart, I don't think any changes will be made yet. She's still all over the place and there really wasn't a clear pattern this week. The last couple weeks, she's run high during her 2am checks and this past week she was in normal range every single night. I'm glad I listened to my "Mommy gut" and didn't make the changes to her basal the way the NP suggested when we went for her check up last Monday. I wanted to wait and see what Dex picked up before we made those changes and she agreed to let me wait. If we had made those adjustments, we'd of been battling SEVERE lows!
I'm getting ready to email blood sugars and I looked at the summary from her pump print out.
Average BG- 135
In Target- 56.41%
Number of Tests- 78
Average number of tests per day- 9.75
This is the BEST her averages have been since she started on the pump. Could this be a break-thru? I sure hope so!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Ten years ago today, I said "I Do".
As I looked back at the pictures, it's hard to believe it's been 10 YEARS!
Frankie asked me to marry him in November of 1997. I knew I'd always wanted a spring wedding with spring flowers (yep I love my flowers) but I knew that 6 months just wasn't enough time to plan the wedding I'd always dreamed of. So we settled on May 1999. This gave me time to plan, time to shop and time to budget and save to have the perfect wedding without going into debt from the start.
They haven't been the easiest 10 years either! They've been full of ups and downs and somehow we've managed to keep from strangling each other...LOL! We've been as low as we could get and we still held on tight and pulled out of it.
Our wedding day started out like any other wedding day. The hustle and bustle of getting things together, my hair fixed and making it to the church on time were all part of the morning. I stayed at my Mom's house the night before so Frankie wouldn't see me until I walked down the aisle that day. It was a cloudy morning and I prayed for no rain because I had to walk outside to get to the front of the church. I was getting ready in a back room and I remember asking everyone is Frankie was at the church yet? No one could find him! I knew he was with his best friend, James and I hoped they'd make it BEFORE it was time for me to walk down the aisle...haha! About 20 min before it was time for the wedding to start, I heard someone shout, "He's here!" ....it was time!!
This picture was taken once we got to the reception. Our reception was one of the most fun times of my life! We had a DJ, all our friends and family dancing & drinking and it was completely catered. There is only ONE part of my wedding that didn't go as planned.....my wedding cake! To anyone else, they wouldn't know unless I told them that our wedding wasn't perfect. Looking back, the cake was a minor bump but at the time it was a BIG deal! When I saw the cake, it looked like what I had ordered. When we cut into the bottom layer for pictures, the cake looked fine. We had the toast...exchanged the cake with NO mess (I warned him ahead of time)...and then everyone started getting their cake. We got sidetracked and never got any of the cake (except the small piece we exchanged). I walked back over to the table to pick up my wine glass and noticed the 2nd layer was cut already. Then it hit me! Bottom layer....white cake (check) Middle layer....chocolate cake.... (WHAT?!?! It's yellow cake!!!) This was one of the details of planning that I let Frankie choose and he wanted chocolate cake....and there was NONE! Top layer....who knows? It wasn't til our 1st anniversary that we found out the top layer was POUND CAKE!!!! Yukkkkkkkkkkkkk! So yeah, the cake was a disaster but everyone talked about how delicious it was so I tried to let it slide.
Out of the 100+ pictures that were taken at our wedding....this one is my favorite! We took this picture while everyone was dancing and having fun. We snuck out the front door and walked around the parking lot as husband and wife for the first time....no one talking to us....no one following us....just soaking in the memory of what took place just a few hours before. It was another one of those special moments.
And now....ten years later...those memories are still as vivid as they were 10 days after the wedding!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY FRANKIE!
I love you!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Today we had a break-thru! When Herbie and Dex work together, it turns out to be a beautiful thing! This is the first time in the last 3 days that they were this close. Herbie says 103....Dex says 105....but Mommy says PERFECT! :D
Did it take them a few days to make friends? Did it take Kacey's body 3 days to adjust to the sensor? Did the threat I made to Dex about having to bring me flowers work? Who knows! All I do know is, it is wonderful to see them working together at least once during our journey with him.
We did run into a problem during the day though. When Kacey tested for lunch, she was a 65 (another lunch low) but yet Dex was saying she was an 83. Then there was a point that the little blood drop was showing up...she tested and calibrated...yet it still stayed the little droplet. This went on for over an hour like this. It finally picked back up when school was almost over.
Hopefully Herbie and Dex will start to work together for Kacey!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Kacey woke up at a 145 this morning. By snack time at 10am, she was a 126. Thats a perfect number for her to be able to do her school work. By lunch time at 12:30pm, Dex was beeping and vibrating and said she was a 38! A test with Herbie revealed a 67! She's never been that low in the middle of the say at school. She went on to lunch and after lunch they went to a meeting with the principals. Next week is SOL testing and they were going over certain rules. One of the main rules....no cell phones. During their talk with the entire 3rd grade class, Dex decided to make his presence known and beep and vibrate and show off a 55. The kids thought it was someone's cell phone and one of the kids spoke up and announced "It's just Kacey beeping!" LOL! Mrs. P, the assistant principal, reassured everyone that she knew it was Kacey and it was fine because it wasn't a cell phone. Kacey said her cheeks were so red because she was embarrassed. Thanks Dex! Her blood sugar made a nice climb to 119 by 1pm. When it was time for resource at 2:30pm, she was sitting high on a 209. She felt fine the rest of the afternoon and by dinner at 5pm, she was a 188. After dinner, we went outside and she rode her bike for about 45 min before Dex decided to show off once again. He was telling her that her BG was 55...again! Ugh! She got off her bike and came in the house to test. Herbie said she was an 87. She wanted to go back out and play but I knew she was on her way down. We went back out and she just walked around the yard and then.... beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep LOW. Good grief Dex! This time he just showed LOW in the window. (check out the chart below...looks like an EKG to me...LOL!) LOW....and Herbie says 75.
It's been a back and forth battle between the two of them all day. Dex says one thing but Herbie says another. I know we're calibrating correctly so I'm not sure if this is what it is spose to do or not? Some times when she tests, Dex is within 20 points or less and then other times he is wayyyy off! Don't know how accurate that will be when it comes to looking for trends? Is this love/hate relationship normal between pumps and CGMS's?
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
We're still so new to all of this CGMS though. She's had the ???'s pop up twice and I'm still unsure why? She has it clipped to her belt on the opposite side from her pump. I also called around to every local pharmacy looking for the Skin Tac or Mastisol and no one carries it. Any other recommendations on how to keep the sensor stuck? It's started to lift a little around the edges already and it hasn't even been 6 hours! We're spose to keep this thing on for 7 days and I don't know how to keep it stuck unless I use medical tape (which is what I might have to do!). Other than the few bumps in getting things started, she's loving the idea that she can look down and see her BG. I wasn't too sure she'd like having something else clipped to her but she hasn't minded it one bit! She came in about an hour ago and told me she didn't want next Monday to come. I asked her why? She said because she didn't want to send "Dexter" back. **sigh** She told me she felt "safe" with him and Herbie. It breaks my heart to know that she feels she needs medical devices to be "safe". I know it's a comfort to her to be able to look down at a device and see what her blood sugar is whenever she wants without having to prick her finger. It just makes me sad.
I've been more emotional than usual this afternoon. Not sure what's going on? I'm thinking it's the aftermath of the stress I was feeling prior to Kacey's appointment. I get so worked up and then to find out that I'm actually doing a good job just put me in an emotional spiral. I'm sad because I have to watch my baby play while sporting the "Inspector Gadget" belt. I can tell she's not bothered by it and she's moved on like it's "normal", which is wonderful but it's still heartbreaking. I know I shouldn't feel sorry for her but I'm her Mom and I'm allowed to feel like that. Don't get me wrong....I'd rather see her sporting all her gadgets over taking 8 shots a day!!! I'm so thankful we have Herbie :)
Sunday, May 10, 2009
(This pic was taken right after all my tears so forgive the red face)
Today has really been one of the best Mother's Days ever!
From the way the day has gone I'd really have to say... I'm spoiled! Nahhh... I'm not spoiled...LOL who am I trying to kid...OF COURSE I'M SPOILED!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
She immediately belted out a squeal and grabbed a box of them and flipped it over. "Mom! Mom! MOMMMMM! LOOK! It's only 4 carbs!!!" I know the lady standing there thought we were crazy but she was the one who needed help when she said, "Awww is someone watching their weight?" Ummm....ok it was all I could do not to smack this lady so I killed her with kindness and replied. "Nope we're not watching our weight, she's got type 1 diabetes and it's a perfect snack when we find something like this!" I'm sure you can imagine the look on her face and how she wanted to insert her foot! I turned back to Kacey and continued my conversation with her. "Wowwwwww Mom! Can we try them? Please!!!!" ......"ABSOLUTELY! In fact, let's try 2 different boxes." (they had 3 different boxes) Kacey is a HUGE Crystal Light fan. That is normally all she drinks. I make her the orange drink and it's perfect for breakfast and she loves the peach tea and we put that in her water bottle for school. We've tried the lip staining Fruit Punch and the tongue staining Grape but she doesn't drink those regularly because she says they are "too sweet". Kacey literally skipped through the store with those popscicles in hand.
She usually has a snack for bedtime and these are perfect for that when her sugars are high. Tonight she tested for bedtime at 8pm and since she was outside playing all afternoon, Herbie said she was a 62! She started to cry because she wanted the popscicle for snack. MMmmmk....popscicle and one glucose tab...that should do it! And 15 minutes later....retest...123....ahhhhhh perfect! I rechecked at 11pm to make sure she wasn't dropping again and she was a 146.
I have a feeling that we're going to be keeping a stash of these popscicles in the freezer. They're still a "treat" but it's one of those treats that don't make you feel bad and they will be great for her high's. So after all the drama through the grocery store....I think we managed to come out on top! If you get a chance to check them out in your ice cream section....try them! I had one of the peach tea ones and they are delicious and very icy.
Happy Mother's Day Miley!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
8 Things I'm looking forward to.....
1. SUMMER! (less than a month til school is out!)
2. Frankie's hours picking up
3. Going to NC this summer to relax
4. Cleaning my house
5. All my flowers blooming
6. Getting a full night sleep
7. All day Scrapbook event next Saturday
8. Ultimately my final thing is A CURE!
8 Things I Did Yesterday......
1. Helped tutor a little boy in 1st grade
2. Got a call for Kacey to speak with JDRF when they go meet Glenn Nye
3. Taught 1st grade the 2nd half of the day
4. Walked around the yard before the storm rolled in to see what was blooming
5. Sat on the porch and talked with Frankie
6. Helped Kacey with her homework
7. Fell asleep at 8:30pm and missed all of American Idol (woke up as Allison was leaving...LOL)
8. Updated my blog
8 Things I Wish I could Do.....
1. Go to Hawaii this summer
2. Sleep all night
3. Lose this dang weight
4. Sit all day and do nothing (altho I'd prolly go bonkers...haha!)
5. Take the girls to Disney
6. Go to the event with JDRF on Friday
7. Control Kacey's pancreas completely
8. Find that Cure!
8 Shows I Watch.....
1. American Idol
2. Law & Order
4. Biggest Loser
5. Hell's Kitchen
7. Days of Our Lives
8. anything on late night when I cant sleep
8 People I Want To Read 8 Things About.....
1--Wendy (Candy Hearts)
2--Sheri (No Sugar Needed)
3--Cara (Every Day...)
4--Penny (My Son Has Diabetes)
5--Kelly (Chasing Numbers)
6--Karen (Bitter Sweet)
7--Amy (Mom of a Diabetic Princess)
8--Anyone else that wants to share this :D
(I tried not to tag ones Rachel & Shamae already got!)
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Been a busy few days for us. I love being back to work! I love the reward of walking down the hall and having my name shouted and followed by waving arms and to top it off...the reward of being bombarded with kids who give you hugs because they miss you being in their class! It makes it all worth it :)
Kacey's numbers took a turn after those fries. We're still battling blood sugars in the 300's with no reason why. So, were the fries really evil or did her body just say "Enough with being normal, it's time to drive Mumma nuts again!" I'm beginning to think it's the second one! Hopefully with the use of Dex we will be able to see if there is a pattern to these numbers that we just can't seem to catch with testing 8-10 times a day.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
As for things on the diabetes front....Kacey's numbers have still been amazing. She's had a few highs but nothing really abnormal. They seem to be consistant highs at the 2am checks so not sure whats going on there? I have my meeting with the school this week and next week is Kacey's visit back to the Endo.
Friday, May 1, 2009
She's had excellent luck with the hip site and now we're on her second hip site but on the other side. She really likes having it back there and it's out of the way and doesn't bother her one bit!
My reason for not being here...I've been working :D I've had several jobs this week along with helping out with RIF so I just haven't had the time to be here. When I get home, I'm worn right out!
But other than that, things are going great! :D I'll post more over the weekend!